Since it first began airing in 1996, Silent Witness has grown to become one of the longest-running TV shows in the world and over the course of its 25 series, we’ve seen countless characters come and go.

To mark the historic anniversary of the drama, Silent Witness is bringing back one of its original cast members whose plea for help from the Lyell team could totally upend the apple cart.

As ever in Silent Witness, episode 2 of season 25 welcomes back the familiar faces of its main cast while also introducing viewers to a host of key guest stars.

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Silent Witness season 25, episodes 1 and 2: Release date and plot preview

Episode 2 of Silent Witness’s 25th series airs on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022.

Unlike previous series, which have been split into two-episode stories, all six chapters of the new instalment are part of one sprawling story titled History.

Following the events of episode 1 and the attack on Sam’s health passport launch, Nikki and the Lyell team are faced with a case like nothing they’ve seen so far.

DNA evidence linked to the health secretary’s assassination forces Nikki to face her past in a tense meeting with new arrival Tom Faulkner.

As her investigation progresses, Nikki realises that its consequences will affect her, and her profession, forever as the DNA evidence that the Lyell team uses is thrown into question.

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Silent Witness season 25, episode 2 cast

As ever in Silent Witness, we rejoin the Lyell team in season 25 while the cast of episode 2 welcomes a host of new and familiar faces as guest stars.

Main and recurring

  • Emilia Fox as Dr Nikki Alexander
  • David Caves as Jack Hodgson
  • Genesis Lynea as Simone Tyler

Guest stars

  • Amanda Burton as Professor Sam Ryan
  • Matthew Gravelle as Tom Faulkner
  • Hugh Quarshie as Jomo Mashaba
  • David Leon as Oscar Harris
  • Gina Bramhill as Fiona Mashaba
  • Ian Puleston-Davies as DSI Ronnie Boyle
  • Shireen Farkhoy as DS Martine Chalal
  • Lloyd Everitt as David Mashaba
  • Emma Beattie as Alice Reynolds
  • Tom Benedict Knight as Dan Clemence
  • Gediminas Adomaitis as Andre Karpov
  • Diane Axford as Mary Butcher
  • Vera Horton as Sonia Karpov
  • Jacqueline Oceane as Assassin
  • Will Bowden as Assassin

Guest star spotlight

Amanda Burton as Professor Sam Ryan

The standout new arrival in series 25 of Silent Witness is Amanda Burton who reprises the role of Professor Sam Ryan which she held in the crime drama between 1996 and 2004.

As well as her stint as one of the Lyell’s first recruits, Amanda Burton has appeared in almost 40 roles during her career with notable appearances in Marcella, White House Farm, Waterloo Road, The Level and 2021’s Anne Boleyn series.

Hugh Quarshie as Jomo Mashaba

Hugh Quarshie is another familiar face as he takes on the role of Jomo Mashaba, Sam’s husband and partner in the health passport scheme.

Hugh’s acting career dates back to the 1970s while fans will know the actor best from his roles in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Holby City, Absentia, Red Sparrow and Highlander.

Matthew Gravelle as Tom Faulkner

The mysterious Tom Faulkner was introduced at the end of episode 1 as he and Nikki came face to face.

The character is played by 45-year-old Welsh actor Matthew Gravelle who is best known for his roles in Keeping Faith, Exile, Manhunt and Broadchurch where he played Joe Miller in series 1 and 2.

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Ian Puleston-Davies as DSI Ronnie Boyle

Wales-born actor Ian Puleston-Davies is one of the episode’s most experienced guest stars as his CV boasts more than 90 acting roles, including a past appearance in Silent Witness back in 2007.

The 63-year-old actor made his debut back in 1983 and his most notable appearances since then have come in Coronation Street where he played Owen Armstrong in more than 500 episodes, Waterloo Road, Marcella, Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, A Confession, Tin Star, DI Ray, and Starz’s Pennyworth series.

Shireen Farkhoy as DS Martine Chalal

In contrast to Ian Puleston-Davies, actress Shireen Farkhoy has just eight roles to her name with her biggest appearance coming recently in ITV’s The Ipcress File while other roles have come in Doctors, Vera, The A Word and Waterloo Road.

David Leon as Oscar Harris

David Leon joins the cast as Oscar Harris while fans will likely know the Newcastle-born actor from his appearances in In the Dark, BBC One’s Gold Digger, The Refugees, Cutting It, RocknRolla and ITV’s Vera where he played DS Joe Ashworth in 16 episodes.

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Diane Axford as Mary Butcher

One of episode 2’s new arrivals is Diane Axford who takes on the role of Mary Butcher.

Diane has sporadically appeared on our screens since her debut in 1995 with her most notable roles coming in The Bill, Summer of Rockets and the 2010 film Treacle Jr.

Gediminas Adomaitis as Andre Karpov

Lithuania-born Gediminas Adomaitis takes on the role of Andre Karpov in episode 2 while fans will likely know him best as Blofeld’s Right Hand Man in both Spectre and No Time To Die.

Vera Horton as Sonia Karpov

And finally, the last new arrival in episode 2 is Vera Horton who plays Sonia Karpov.

The actress has more than 20 roles to her name, most of which have come as extras, with appearances coming in Now You See Me 2, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Dark Knight Rises and The Imitation Game.

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Silent Witness season 25 continues each Monday and Tuesday on BBC One and iPlayer until June 7th.

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